Riding after prostate surgery

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Long Gone, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    Mine was stapled nearly a year ago due to classic BPH. Burning was intense for several days, uncomfortable for several weeks, maybe a month. Urges to pee was a good month before it came solidly under control.

    Today, no special problems or concerns with the surgery, control, riding, etc.
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  2. JETalmage

    JETalmage Been here awhile

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    Had the results follow-up meeting with the surgeon on June 19. (Removal was April 9). PSA now "less than 0.1 (i.e., undetectable)". Full clearance to get back on the bikes, resume the exercise habit; basically feeling back at 100%.

    Stopped wearing any leakage precautions, even at work, about a week ago. (Doc said I'm well ahead of the curve on that.) All surgery-related tenderness gone. In the current GA heat, have been casually riding the 500 EXC and 990 SMT. Too hot right now for the Trials bike, but soon as the heat wave eases a bit..

    I'm blessed and grateful, and wishing as easy a recovery for those undergoing the same, and the no doubt countless others yet to find out. Take good care of yourself. Stay or get in shape; if your time comes, the surgery and the recovery will go better. And if you get the news, don't fear it; just get it taken care of. It's really amazing what they can do nowadays.

    JET
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  3. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    Anyone with information or experience for riding after radiation therapy rather than surgery?

    I generally don't trust strangers with sharp objects, ... like surgeons. :chace
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  4. portalespeanut

    portalespeanut nEARLY nORMAL

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    Capt -

    I wish I could help, but my procedure was the 'old fashioned' radical prostatectomy. My dad did go through a targeted radiation treatement due to being a surgical risk, and did well. His side effects were similar to mine, impotence, and a season of incontinence. Being less invasive, his procedure did not cause the same pain and post-op tenderness I experienced. Hope You're doing well...it's worth the journey...
    BTW...I'm with You regarding the people with sharp objects...AND urologists with hands the size of blacksmiths...:lol3
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  5. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    Or female Drs with long fingernails doing the exam. Ouch!
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  6. JETalmage

    JETalmage Been here awhile

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    But you trust them with nuclear ray guns? ;-)

    Just joking, of course. It's a personal decision to be made under advisement from a specialist you have confidence in.

    Individual situations are not all the same. In my case, I consulted a radiologist first and a surgeon second. Both told me that, in my case, it was kind of a toss-up; I could go either way. Both also told me (as you've probably heard) that surgery can be followed up by radiation, if necessary, but not the inverse.

    But to me, the radiation route just sounded more like "managing cancer" for the rest of my life. I didn't want to "manage" it. I just wanted to get rid of it, if possible. There are no guarantees, but hopefully, I've done that.

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  7. canadasax

    canadasax Been here awhile

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    “I didn't want to "manage" it. I just wanted to get rid of it, if possible. There are no guarantees, but hopefully, I've done that.”

    That’s exactly the way I feel
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  8. portalespeanut

    portalespeanut nEARLY nORMAL

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    Baahaaahaaa!:jack
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  9. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Long timer

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    Canadax I understand. My thought is my brother went through surgery. Good margins clear lymph nodes etc. His PSA kept going up so he had radiation and now PSA clean. I saw how each treatment impacted him. So decided to skip the knife.
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  10. Mr. Chuckles

    Mr. Chuckles Silly Bastard

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    I’m torn between whether you old farts are giving me hope or scaring the fuck outta me. I’d been diagnosed with prostatitis for quite some time. PSA’s ran up into the six point somethings and held there. Last year I had an ultrasound and biopsy, both showed nothing. Nobody could feel anything and doG knows they tried. The docs have been rootin’ around up there like they lost their car keys or something. My urologist said it was time for an MRI and sure enough there’s something in the picture. Had a MRI fusion biopsy last week and get my results next week. I hate to insult you guys but I really don’t want to be a member of your club. Wish me luck.
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  11. OhBoy

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    Good Luck!
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  12. ssilliman

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    Had mine removed 14 years ago.
    First month you wont want to ride!
    By 90 days I was riding again and never an issue
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  13. ssilliman

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    Hang in there and keep doing exercises
    It will get better
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  14. Lorretto

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    Good Luck Mr. C

    Catching things early preserves all the options. Three chances out of four that you won't need to follow in any of our footsteps.

    If you get a bad draw, pick what is right for you and get 2nd opinions - cutters want to cut, radiologist want to zap it, cryo folks freeze you get the picture.

    Also pick a doc you can communicate with. The first Urologist - Surgeon I met was an arrogant, full of himself jerk. I got 2nd opinions after that from an old school surgeon and a robotic surgeon. I had confidence in both the 2nd and 3rd guys but opted for robotic. My situation was bad Gleasons which left radiation/chemo and surgery as the principle options.

    Best of luck in hoping you don't have to pick.
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  15. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    A lot has changed since then the Da Vinci robot procedure now is so non invasive you will be back riding after the catheter is removed.
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  16. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    If you do have it at least your going to find it early and that is key have it removed and your good to go a few small adjustments to your everyday life but otherwise a normal life which over time becomes a distant memory of what you went through. Just make sure you find a quality doctor who has lots of experience don’t be afraid to find another doctor if you are not happy with your current one.
    One problem with the biopsy is it only goes about halfway into the prostate so they really don’t know what’s going on on the top of it. When my prostate was removed the cancer was worse on top but still contained within. I had several doctors feel it and all said it felt normal and healthy the PSA test and the biopsy did show a little cancer I went from Gleason of 6 to the bad 7 by pathology
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    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    For anyone feeling the same way as James,
    Hope all is well james
    Get some plastic golf balls a bucket and a garage sale club and start chipping balls don’t swing above your knees each time you hit a ball Kegal the twisting will help get things moving and keep scar tissue loose
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  18. Mr. Chuckles

    Mr. Chuckles Silly Bastard

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    Thanks all for the well wishes and advice.


    I’m gonna ask a stupid question…


    My oncologist is great. He’s one of the few remaining single doctor practices not attached to a medical conglomerate. Real old school. He and his staff have done me right over the years. All questions answered, never felt rushed and even usually end up in BS session after my visit. It’s amazing how comfortable you can get with a man you know is going to stick his finger up your backside. He did my first biopsy but doesn’t have the equipment to do the MRI Fusion biopsy so he referred me to another practice. This practice is huge with an office/cancer center in a few cities near me. As far as I can tell they’re the only game in town for prostate cancer with all of the treatment options covered.


    Now for the stupid question… How did you guys find the doctors for the second opinions? I’d like a real unbiased second opinion not just a parrot of an office colleague’s opinion.
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  19. KICKNBACK

    KICKNBACK Old enough to know better young enough not to care

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    For me, I found the guy who wrote the book on the procedure for the Da Vinci robot looked him up on the google turns out he is world renowned and people from all over the world go to him with amazing results. 34 years in the field of urology and prostate cancer with thousands of successful surgeries under his belt was good enough for me and let me tell you I have white coat syndrome bad I even delayed my surgery an hour because I was so freaked out had never been put under before I am known as his worst best case scenario because I was so freaked out hahaha. He works out of UCI but also has a private surgery center he uses and that’s where I went I liked it because it didn’t feel like a medical place it felt more like a spa and that’s what I needed for my mind. The guy who had the AM surgery before me has had the same results he is 2 years older than me and we have stayed in touch since he only lives 20 min from me. It was good to have a surgery buddy after to compare notes and lean on each other, it’s more mental than physical just being diagnosed with the “C” word sucks. By the way my doctors name is
    Dr. Thomas Ahlering If it might help anyone.
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  20. Lorretto

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    "How did you guys find the doctors for the second opinions? I’d like a real unbiased second opinion not just a parrot of an office colleague’s opinion"

    On the getting names for the 2nd opinions - went to my wife's Urologist Doc 2 who was super nice guy, old school, after a bad experience with Doc 1. I was referred to Doc 1 by my GP. Doc 2 only did Open Procedures and gave me the name of Doc 3 who did robotic. Doc 3 was very easy going and good at explaining options. Doc 3 gave me the facts to make the decision including names of other Docs he suggested if I wanted to take another path like radiation. Radiation was not a good fit for me. I put radiation behind the Robotic and Open procedures in my head. Both Doc 2 and Doc 3 were perfectly OK with providing the names of patients from a year ago that they had treated and the number of procedures they do a month. It's telling when the good Docs have patients lining up to agree to let others know they had a good outcome.

    Also - talk to friends, friends of friends, family and colleagues - plenty of people in your area have undoubtedly had to face the same decision. Everyone I spoke with were not only willing to share their experience and outcome they were source of encouragement that dropped the anxiety level.
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